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[bee-lahyn] /ˈbiˌlaɪn/
a direct route traveled quickly (usually in the phrase make a beeline for):
The minute he came home he made a beeline for the refrigerator.
1820-30, Americanism; bee1 + line1
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British Dictionary definitions for bee line


the most direct route between two places (esp in the phrase make a beeline for)
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Word Origin and History for bee line



also bee-line, 1838, American English, from bee + line (n.), in reference to the supposed homing instinct of bees in the field.

TO LINE BEES is to track wild bees to their homes in the woods. One who follows this occupation is called a bee hunter. [Bartlett, 1859]

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Slang definitions & phrases for bee line



A direct and speedy route

[1830; fr the notion that bees take the most direct route in returning to their hives]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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